The weather is finally settling down after the terrible triplets Dudley, Eunice and Franklin have been battering us for the last week. At times like these we wonder, as do some of our potential passengers, whether sailing around the British Coast is such a good idea.
It is easy to forget that the weather in winter is always far worse than the summer with 95% of all storms occurring in the dark half of the year i.e. between the autumn and spring equinoxes. Our first leg is just three months away but in those three months the sun will rise in the sky and the days will go from 11 hours long to a spectacular 15 hours of daylight on our first sailing day.
Of course we may still get strong winds, lumpy seas and overcast, wet days in the summer. If the weather is too inclement we will have to stay on port until it improves. This is rarely more than a day or two in the summer and usually predicted by the weather forecasts a few days before. There is always lots to do on board if we are stuck or if we are alongside there is always plenty to explore. We have allowed some spare days and day sails that can be merged to accommodate this.
In the event that we are still delayed then our passengers have a choice of continuing to our original destination for a day or two at no extra cost or disembarking on the original end date at an earlier port and traveling on by land.
We also know that the summer brings days that are so hot that we are eating our breakfast on deck under a sun awning. Our teacups completely un-troubled by a breath of wind.